Research Ethics and Biosafety Advisor

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Banyule, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 27 Nov 2023

14 Nov 2023
Job Information

Research Field

Educational sciences
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

27 Nov 2023 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description
  • Full-time, continuing role
  • Based at La Trobe University’s Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
  • Competitive Salary including 17% Superannuation

About the position

The Research Office supports La Trobe University researchers, senior executive, academic leadership, the Graduate Research School, 10 Schools and affiliates and Central & Support Services to facilitate excellent research outcomes for the University. The Office provides accurate and consistent advice and reporting, as well as flexible and efficient client services, with an emphasis on continuous business improvement. The Office serves to facilitate interactions between La Trobe University researchers and external partners - funding bodies, industry, government, and regulatory authorities.

The Ethics, Integrity, and Biosafety Team of the Research Office at La Trobe University provides holistic ethics, integrity and biosafety advice, support, and service to researchers and to Committees to facilitate the ambitious University research performance targets and aligns with the core objective for “Research Excellence” in the La Trobe Strategic Plan. As well as supporting the five University Ethics Committees and their Chairs, it delivers pro-active ethics, integrity and biosafety training and education for researchers in conjunction with other University Divisions and Teams. It provides expert advice to researchers, key research stakeholders and to the wider university regarding complex research applications and new policy and legislative requirements.

It is responsible for contributing to the scoping, planning and implementation of a new ICT solution with improved, streamlined processes for the review of ethics applications and implements University-wide changes to policy and strategy in response to legislative requirements, for example, Defence Export Control, Biosecurity and Autonomous Sanctions.

The Research Ethics and Biosafety Advisor is one of three advisors supporting the senior members of the Ethics, Integrity, and Biosafety Team. The incumbent will provide first level advice to key research stakeholders on all matters pertaining to ethics, integrity, and biosafety at La Trobe University. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for administration of the University Animal Ethics and Institutional Biosafety Committees and will also have the capacity to take on administration of the other University ethics committees as required.

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this position, you will have

  • A postgraduate qualification, preferably with research experience, and at least 2 years’ experience with animal research ethics and/or biosafety.
  • Willingness and ability to be part of a team of administrators covering all areas of integrity, ethics, and biosafety to enable peak times across all Committees to be adequately resourced.
  • Demonstrated breadth of experience in animal ethics policy/guideline development and implementation.
  • As above for biosafety (optional).
  • Demonstrated secretariat skills and experience, including timely, efficient, and effective minute-taking and record-keeping.
  • Demonstrated ability and performance in data collection, analysis, interpretation, and report writing.
  • Track record in customer service including excellent written and verbal communication skills and proven time management skills.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

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  • 17% employer contributed superannuation
  • On site child care facilities
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts for staff and their family members to study a range of La Trobe courses

How to apply

Closing date:  By 11:55pm, 27th November 2023

Position Enquiries: Vivienne Moyle - Senior Manager, Ethics, Integrity & Biosafety

Email: [email protected]

Recruitment Enquiries: Jacqueline Lava - Talent Acquisition Consultant

Email: [email protected]

Position Description below:

 PD - Research Ethics and Biosafety Advisor.pdf

Only candidates with Full Working Rights in Australia may apply for this position.

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • An up to date resume; and
  • A separate document addressing each bullet point under the Essential Criteria ‘Skills and knowledge required for the position’, which is located in the position description.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants 

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

La Trobe University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We take an intersectional approach by actively supporting and encouraging people of all backgrounds and abilities to submit an application and aim to ensure that the recruitment and employee experience is as accessible and inclusive as possible. Flexibility in interview format will be offered to shortlisted candidates.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

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